Common Snapping Turtle


Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina serpentina)

 Snapping turtles are large turtles and may weigh up to nearly 50 pounds.  The carapace may exceed 17 inches long and is  usually brown.  The plastron is small and cross-shaped.

 Snappers are found in many aquatic habitats, from clean, fresh water to sewage lagoons. 

 Snapping turtles mate from April through October and about 30 golf ball-sized eggs are deposited in May or June.  There is an incubation period of about 80 days.  Newly hatched snappers are about one and a half inches long.

 Snapping turtles are found in every county in the state.  It is the only turtle known to occur in the elevations of the upland forests in West Virginia.

Distribution of the Common Snapping Turtle in WV

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